Grapes for Mun are hand-harvested and direct-pressed. There's no maceration and only free-run juice is used. The wine ferments at low temperature for four weeks, adding body to the finished. The wine is left to refine on its lees, with frequent stirring, for five months before bottling. Unfiltered. Moody as the moon. Shake the bottle before opening to move the noble lees.
As you know, here at Swig we're not ones for hyperbole (frankly we'd rather die than resort to it), so you can take us at our word when we say that La Calcinara's Pink Mun is literally the best thing. In the world. Ever. The best. Of all things. That than which nothing greater can be. That than which nothing greater can be conceived. The best. Simple as that. Especially when enjoyed with light fish stew. How can this be so? Who knows? Who cares? It just is. This became exquisitely apparent to me after having consumed several glasses with a fantastically fresh home-made bouillabaisse. It was precisely as I placed my emptied third glass on the table that this truth was revealed to me, and now I reveal to to you. Forget all other rosés. All bets are off. This is the winner. The One.
In the interests of form, we did try to glean something, some clue to explain Mun 2019's insuperable deliciousness, from Paolo and Eleonora, the brother and sister winemaker team at La Calcinara. Sure, they gave us the usual spiel - only free-run juice used, long, loads of battonage, no filtering, yada yada, yada - but nothing they said could explain away that heady sensation of knowing that what you had just drunk was the best thing in the world. How could they? There are more things in heaven and earth than can be explained by the information you find on a wine's tech sheet.
FROM THE PRESS
“Orange pink. Flinty complex aromas and flavors of quinine, orange liqueur, apricot peel, apple jelly and redcurrant. Harmonious acidity provides lively cut and extends the ginger-accented flavors on the long vibrant and tactile back end. Super Rosato that boasts a ton of flavor.”Ian D'Agata 92 pts. Vinous.com on the 2018